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  1. CG172

    BMW E39 530D 2001 - 96 E39 540ibrakes.

    I think the general consensus isn’t that the E38 Brembo 4-pot upgrade (if that’s what the OP is referring to) isn’t much of an improvement anyway - although it certainly appears to be possible... Bear in mind that even the M5 brakes are just single piston sliding callipers, and only really marginally bigger than the discs on the V8’s and 530i/d models. The standard brakes (530i/d and upwards) are all designed to be able to stop the car from 155mph, so in good fettle should be sufficient for all but hard track work I’d have thought. I do understand the desire to upgrade though. Bet the Brembo’s would look pretty good behind some 18” Style 32’s mind...
  2. @DennisCooper thanks for that. I’m inclined to agree with the majority of your argument, expect maybe the “push to electric” - I don’t think it’s ever going to be our primary method of propulsion. (Firstly, before I start, this is not a political post. I have chosen to respect the way that people have voted over the last few years and any mention of the parties below is simply to illustrate my point.) In the broadest terms, the current Conservative government has done a very successful job of converting historically low-income voters (who typically would have voted Labour) with policies that (in part) promise them higher incomes and the affluence that comes with it. Put that to one side for a moment and consider what the second hand electric car market looks like - there are certainly cars available at reasonable prices, a 2011 Nissan Leaf for £4.5k for example, but a used EV is very different to a used ICE car in one fundamental way: a 10 year old petrol or diesel car will still cover the same distance on a full tank as the day it rolled out of the factory (within reason). If you want to restore that range in an electric car, you’re looking at an enormous cost to replace the battery. That leaves the lower end of the EV car market - the sector in which the aforementioned newly converted low-income Tory voters will potentially need to purchase their cars - looking like incredibly poor value, unless you’re happy to end up with a severely compromised vehicle. So the demographic ends up with a car on PCP. Unfortunately, those plans rely on guaranteed future values to be an affordable proposition, and that value is directly linked to the second hand value of the vehicle. The plans are therefore more expensive than people are historically used to, and a large part of that “wealth” everyone has been promised is being spent on a never-ending series of finance contracts, for a new technology that doesn’t actually improve people’s lives in any measurable way. The promised future hasn’t materialised and the votes potentially move back to Labour. I think the current government is too savvy to allow this to happen, and trying to price people out of their beloved ICE vehicles would have a similar impact. I think “carrot” usually works better than “stick”, which would mean incentivising people into EV’s rather than introducing punitive measures for those who want to continue with Petrol or Diesel. Given the enormous deficit we currently have, I can’t see there being enough in the coffers to create a big enough incentive for mass adoption of EV’s. Taxation is key to this too... Bearing in mind that the chancellor takes 57.95p + the VAT on every litre sold, that’s a huge amount of revenue to lose to a power source that can’t easily be taxed. Unless you add a levy to *every* unit of electricity sold (I can’t imagine that would be a popular policy) how do you tax the electricity that goes into a vehicle? And how long can the road network survive with no fuel duty and no “car tax” if all EV’s are exempt? It just doesn’t add up. Hydrogen is potentially the answer, whether it's used to create electricity in a generator to power an electric motor or perhaps burned in an internal combustion engine. It can be taxed at the pump, and the cars (particularly the Hydrogen ICE ones) will maintain better long-term range and therefore residual values. It can also be done by incrementally converting existing infrastructure rather than having to flatten current filling stations to make way for car parks with multiple chargers, or install fast chargers in every home. I’d be hopeful that some clever person would be able to work out a way to convert current petrol cars to hydrogen. It’s probably wishful thinking, but the financial rewards would be enormous, which is frequently enough incentive to overcome many problems. Utilising existing vehicles is also significantly more environmentally friendly than junking them and producing new ones. Which is why I believe that the E39 M5 (with a Hydrogen conversion) is a safe bet...
  3. Are they inflated though? Or were they just undervalued for a long time? Some folk seem to think they have quite a way to go yet... Seen talk of £30k+ for average cars in years to come. I’d agree though that there are a lot of cars (from many marques) that are just in absolute fantasy-land in terms of asking prices currently. It’s a shame that there’s no official record of “sold” prices (outside of eBay perhaps). I’m almost certain that there are many, many cars being sold for a fraction of the asking prices, but asking prices are the barometer by which other owners value their cars. Classic “bubble” mindset. Anyway. Out of interest, were the ACS bits typically dealer supplied & fitted for new cars Dennis, or were they more likely added on later by owners?
  4. I quite like the alloys, there’s a chance it have been spec’d with them from new as well I suppose, but it doesn’t look right for an M5... I do feel like the style 65’s should have been an inch bigger though. It’d need a RipSpeed branded single DIN head-unit and Wolfrace alloys for the full “crashed through a Halfords window” look, though surely? Ooh, and under-body neons. And Lexus rear lights. And DIY tints. And a shopping list of “sponsors” on the doors...
  5. CG172

    Tree sap, and car bodywork

    ^^^ wot he said ^^^ Maybe have a look at the Gtechniq range though, their ceramic coatings are pretty good. I used their wheel sealant after I had my style 32’s refurbed and the brake dust comes off pretty easily.
  6. Comfort seats and the “wrong” alloys though. Does ACS kit really belong on a M car? Might put a few purists off... Looks wonderfully maintained though, and 19’s on an E39 are the perfect size in my humble opinion.
  7. CG172

    Cup holders

    Love the idea that someone, somewhere copied the part and was like “nope, it’s too strong, we need to make it significantly more brittle to match the original...”
  8. CG172

    Tree sap, and car bodywork

    Build a garage / build a car-port / use a car cover / park elsewhere? Whose trees are they? A bit of pruning might improve matters... Make sure you’ve got a decent wax or similar on your car too - I think sap can be quite nasty on paint.
  9. CG172

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Would that be the one one the underside of the expansion tank? I was confused when I did my system refresh and didn’t have one - is it an option that comes with the High OBC or MID?
  10. CG172

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    We drove down the the Loire Valley a few years ago... It was just south of Le Mans that we entered “bug country” - it was genocide. We had the wipers on almost constantly trying to cope with the ever thickening layer of insect protein that seemed to instantly bake itself onto the windscreen.
  11. CG172

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hope the cat’s ok mate. Was it an emergency of his / her own making?
  12. CG172

    Scuffed bumper: repair or replace?

    A secondhand SE bumper isn’t going to be expensive - I think folk struggle to give them away to be honest. It’s a reasonably popular colour too, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one... Having said that, the scuff on the passenger side wing looks likes it’s going to need sprayed to put it right, so you may as well get the whole lot done at once - shouldn’t be too much, certainly less than £300 I’d have thought (although that’s around 1/4 the value of my car... ) Have you checked the jacking points and sill ends to make sure the car is a viable project before you go any further?
  13. CG172

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    What a difference! Looks great.
  14. CG172

    USA 530i Auction Result...

    I think many “alternative assets” are currently doing odd things. I’m interested in what you might call “modern” classic cars (I’d say that covers mid 1970’s to 2000), and also watches from a similar period, and I think both markets show the typical signs of being in a bubble - and once the general population know (or think they know) that there’s money to be made there, then the smart money is often long gone. The E39 M5 and Rolex Submariner are two examples with similar trajectories. Both were relatively affordable until a few years ago. The M5 was a £5-£6k car for a long time, and the Sub was similarly priced. Many examples of both are now being bought by people who are more interested in their potential for future value gain, rather than on their merit as an interesting piece of engineering. I’m fairly certain there are Submariners on the market that are on their 4th or 5th “flip”, with each person having made a thousand pounds or two on them each time. Prices for a secondhand watch (as beautiful and desirable as the Submariner may be) can’t continue to rise forever, and at some point, something will correct the market, and it’s the same for cars - all but the very, very best (Patek Phillipe / Audemars Piguet watches, Ferrari F40’s, etc...) will lose value. I’m not particularly against this rise in prices, to a point. It’s nice to see my 530i increase a bit from the £1400 I paid for it, and I have a couple of old watches (nothing particularly interesting) that are now apparently worth multiple times what I paid for them (although I paid very little). However, when you start seeing basic spec Fiestas and Mondeos being touted as “classics”, and people asking hundreds of pounds for tatty mechanical watches from long forgotten brands such as Buler, then something is wrong. The saddest thing about markets like this is that the true enthusiasts are often priced out. Anyway. Good luck to the chap in the US who paid a small fortune, I sincerely hope the car brings him a great deal of pleasure.
  15. CG172

    Scuffed bumper: repair or replace?

    I suppose it depends on your long-term plans for the car... Are you happy to stick with it as it stands and keep it as an SE?